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‘The Archduke of Austria-Hungary is dead. Who is his killer? The task of finding out has been left to four substance-abusing imbeciles, claiming to be Oxford University Professors, who will most likely be beaten by the Daily Mail as they lack the competence to tap phones.’

It’s the story of our times. Or rather, our great-grandparents’ times. Watch this infamous assassination unravel from the perspective of four idiots trying to solve the crime and four idiots who ended up committing it. There’ll be cocaine, magic tricks, the liberation of Ireland, an alcoholic, a constantly suffering suffragette, sickly children, infidelity, kumquats, golf, geopolitical debate and much, much more.

Off the back of Edinburgh Fringe 70 success with ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’, historical satire specialists Slipshod Theatre (Formerly known as Campfire Stories) present their newest creation, ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’

Intertwining a twisted version of the true events that led to the First World War from the perspective of Ferdinand’s assassins, the haplessly Supervillain-esque origin story of his killer and the fictionalised (but not entirely untrue) tale of four supposed university professors – one a bumbling closeted homosexual, another a woman-hating alcoholic, the next a suffragette who hasn’t done her homework and the final a prominent Irish Republican – who are tasked with solving the mystery which links these narratives together.

With an original soundtrack composed by Madeline Ashman (The Babushka, 2016), an original script written by Jake Mace (The Girl Who Loved Stalin, 2017) and promotion provided by Puwa-Nkomo Pswarayi (The Girl Who Loved Stalin, 2017) this character-led performance packs energetic punches with a vibrant cast, original dialogue and nonstop action. With an extensive set built and unique costumes designed by members of the company, using period materials – Who Killed Franz Ferdinand will debut in 2018.

Slipshod Theatre aim to bring previews of this production to regional theatres in London, Norwich and Winchester before continuing onto Fringe Festival runs.

Creatives

Jake Mace – Writer, Director & Designer
Madeline Ashman – Musical Director
Puwa Nkomo-Pswarayi – Executive Producer

Ali Cornforth (Oklahoma, Winchester Theatre Royal) – Performer
Mike Dorey (Hamlet, Winchester Theatre Royal) – Performer
Charlie Hall (West Side Story, Winchester Theatre Royal) – Performer
Liv Richardson (The Babushka, Varley Theatre) – Performer

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The Girl Who Loved Stalin (2017) /stalin/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:34:29 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=329 Continue reading "The Girl Who Loved Stalin (2017)"

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“I am an enemy of the state, General, lock me up and throw away the key!” – Valeria, The Girl Who Loved Stalin

A rough guide to romancing, wining, dining and wooing a communist dictator – whether they’re the real thing or a curly-haired soldier with a self-esteem problem in a cheap costume. Four stories of unconventional romance in Soviet Russia. From a bawdy housewife to a sex-crazed German soldier, this is a coming of age story about loving your country – maybe a bit too much.

A mixing pot of ideas pulled from a script written a few years ago and some of our company’s own devising techniques & improvisation, ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ ran for 21 shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s 70th Anniversary in 2017, playing at TheSpace @ Jury’s Inn – on the seventh floor of a hotel. It was well received critically and 5 of the performances sold out. The show was previewed in Winchester and was created with the support of the Athinoula Foundation, Peter Symonds College and John Dollin Printers.

Creatives

Mike Dorey & Puwa Nkomo-Pswarayi – Co-Directors & Performers
Jake Mace – Producer, Playwright & Performer
Aden Craig – Technical Director
Liv Richardson – Co-Technical Director
Livvie Newman – Performer
Aditi Mohan – Performer

 

Coverage

Review: The Outlier Scotland

Jake Mace – Interview with tNC about the show

comedy.co.uk Guide Listing

Edinburgh Reporter Article

Audience Reviews

“A very fun and wacky show that is guaranteed to entertain with its over-the-top comedy.”
– James

“Hilarious! Very funny! Loved every minute of it and would come back to watch it again!
Well done team!”
– David McIntosh

“Pure genius! This production is what the fringe is all about. Comedy moustaches, great comedy and dictators. What more could you ask for? These guys and girls make a great team and The Girl Who Loved Stalin is one not to miss!”
– Megan Juniper

Photography by Jasper Cresdee-Hyde – https://jasperch.com/

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The Babushka (2016) /babushka/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:33:48 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=327 Continue reading "The Babushka (2016)"

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“I don’t remember last night – I was absolutely hammered and sickled.”
– Pyotr Moshennik, The Babushka

The story of Kristoph Levitsky, Jewish bar owner, and his exile to the Jewish Autonomous Region of far Siberia, played at the Varley Theatre Winchester for three sell out nights. It was created with a cast of over 30 actors, and was well reviewed by the Daily Echo Southampton.

Kristoph Levitsky is being kicked out of his Burlesque club. The Premier’s daughter is missing. The country is in chaos. Join one reluctant man’s journey across Soviet Russia aboard the Trans-Siberian Express where he is accompanied only by a mysterious old woman who spends her time knitting, praying and pretending to be a chicken. It’s the journey of a lifetime – just a shame neither of them will be able to enjoy a single minute of it.

This production was created by members of Slipshod Theatre within Peter Symonds College’s resident student theatre company ‘A Company of Fools’ which has produced many successful alumni and rave reviews from local media. The original script was written by Jake Mace, Artistic Director for Slipshod in 2017/18 and former Playwright-In-Residence. It was developed alongside other members of ‘A Company of Fools’, and was co-directed by Puwa Nkomo-Pswarayi, Jake Mace and Oveis Rezazadeh.

Ali Cornforth (far left) as the Conductor and Liv Richardson (centre, fainted) in The Babushka. Both are now creatives working at Slipshod.

Slipshod Theatre emerged during the creation of this piece and is now formed from many of the creatives that were involved in ‘The Babushka’. Liv Richardson (Performer and Technician for Slipshod, 2017-) played the female lead role of Nataliya. Mike Dorey (Co-Artistic Director for Slipshod, 2016-17) portrayed Vladimir Lenin in the piece. Ali Cornforth (Performer, 2017-) also played a train conductor.

 

 

 

Audience Reviews

‘Brilliant performances on Saturday matinee… Music was exceptional throughout. Loved it.’
– Craig

 

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Jake Mace /jake-mace/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:33:07 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=325 Continue reading "Jake Mace"

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Jake, in his prime, pretending to be Mike.

Description

Jake is one of the founding members of Slipshod Theatre. He is an established playwright, director and performer – and has to date written or co-written on all of the company’s projects. Jake’s work is often characterised by it being focused on dictators or something similar. His first work – ‘The Babushka’, was performed at the Varley Theatre in Winchester in collaboration with a student theatre company.

He is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in 2017 was able to fulfil a lifelong dream of performing there with ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’. Jake’s writing is wild and often offbeat and has been described as ‘witty’ and ‘original’ by at least one regional newspaper – which he is extremely proud of.

Jake also enjoys maps, the works of Slavoj Zizek and claims to know every world capital city.

Roles

  • Artistic & Technical Director (2017-18)
  • Writer-In-Residence (2016-17)

In-Company Credits

  • Writer & Co-Director – ‘The Babushka’ (2016), Varley Theatre Winchester.
  • Producer & Performer as ‘Grigori’ – ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ (2017), Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Writer & Director – ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’ (2018)

Out of Company Work

  • Longlisted for Papatango New Writing Prize 2017 – ‘Englapendence’.
  • Writer & Director for ‘Arne’, short film.

Contact

Primary: jake@slipshodtheatre.co.uk
Secondary: tech@slipshodtheatre.co.uk

Quotes About Jake’s Work

“An imaginative and timely dystopian satire of the British Political establishment, full of spark and originality.”
– Papatango Theatre Company, for ‘Englapendence’.

“Soviet Russia at the time of Stalin’s death forms the basis of Jake Mace’s witty and moving original comic drama. Crisply directed with considerably verve and style, the production was well paced and the scenes nicely choreographed.”
– Daily Echo Southampton, print edition 11/12/16, for ‘The Babushka’.

Photography by Jasper Cresdee-Hyde – https://jasperch.com/

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Liv Richardson /liv-richardson/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:31:46 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=320 Continue reading "Liv Richardson"

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Liv as Nataliya in ‘The Babushka’ (2016)

Description

Liv is a performer and technician with Slipshod Theatre Company. She has a deep-seated, unfettering love for musicals along with Ali. She first appeared with the company by taking the starring female lead in it’s 2016 production of ‘The Babushka’. Since then, she has worked as Co-Technical Director on ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ and will perform in ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’ in the coming year.

She also enjoys porridge, collecting fridge magnets and Mexican food.

Roles

  • Performer (2016-)
  • Technican (2016-)

In-Company Credits

  • Lead Performer as ‘Nataliya’ – ‘The Babushka’ (2016), Varley Theatre Winchester.
  • Co-Technical Director – ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ (2017), Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Performer – ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’ (2018)

Out of Company Work

  • Performer in ‘The Director’, short film as part of the official selection of Winchester Short Film Festival 2017.
  • Widow Corney, Oliver, Berry Theatre Hedge End.

Contact

Primary: liv@slipshodtheatre.co.uk
Secondary: tech@slipshodtheatre.co.uk

Quotes About Liv’s Work

‘Olivia Richardson as Nataliya was impressive.’
 Daily Echo Southampton

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Mike Dorey /mike-dorey/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:31:12 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=318 Continue reading "Mike Dorey"

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Mike, always happy as seen above, in ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ (2017).

Description

Mike’s acting schedule just never seems to end. He is involved with a number of theatre companies both locally and nationally and is always working on a number of shows at one time. That being said, he is extremely dedicated to his role within Slipshod Theatre. He was the Co-Artistic Director of the company from 2016-2017 and also co-directed the company’s debut Edinburgh Fringe show.

Mike also enjoys driving extremely long distances, his side hustle as a waiter and dreaming about going to RADA.

Roles

  • Co-Artistic Director (2016-17)
  • Performer (2016-)

In-Company Credits

  • Performer as Vladimir Lenin in ‘The Babushka’ (2016), Varley Theatre Winchester.
  • Co-Director and Performer as Boris in ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ (2017), Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Performer in ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’ (2018).

Out of Company Work

  • Performer in ‘Hamlet’, Theatre Royal Winchester.
  • Performer with Discarded Nut Theatre Company.
  • Performer in ‘The Director’ Short film as part of the official selection of the Winchester Short Film Festival 2017.

Contact

Primary: mike@slipshodtheatre.co.uk
Secondary: company@slipshodtheatre.co.uk

Quotes About Mike’s Work

“Mike Dorey… brought great energy to the play.”
– WeAreWinchester

Photography by Jasper Cresdee-Hyde – https://jasperch.com/

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Madeline Ashman /madeline-ashman/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:30:15 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=316 Continue reading "Madeline Ashman"

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Maddie performing at the Winchester preview performance of ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ (2017)

Description

Maddie is a multitalented musician and performer who has worked with Slipshod since the very beginning, composing the music for ‘The Babushka’ – our very first show – and then directing a group of musicians throughout all of it’s performances. Although she did not work with us on ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’, she did perform a few or her own original songs at it’s preview performance.

Balancing her work in the company with her own band and a degree at Goldsmiths, University of London – Maddie also somehow finds room in her many bag of talents to be an excellent actor and performer too.

Roles

  • Musical Director (2016-)

In-Company Credits

  • Composer & Musical Director – ‘The Babushka’ (2016), Varley Theatre Winchester.
  • Musician – ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ (2017) [Preview Performance Only].
  • Composer & Musical Director – ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’ (2018).

Out of Company Work

  • Musician in ‘Canvus’.

Contact

Primary: madeline@slipshodtheatre.co.uk
Secondary: company@slipshodtheatre.co.uk

Quotes About Mike’s Work

“The musicians, under the controlled direction of Madeline Ashman, added greatly to the atmosphere and mood of the scenes.”
– Daily Echo Southampton

Photography by Jasper Cresdee-Hyde – https://jasperch.com/

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Puwa Nkomo-Pswarayi /puwa-nkomo-pswarayi/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:28:20 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=311 Continue reading "Puwa Nkomo-Pswarayi"

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Puwa ft. Air Con in ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ (2017)

Description

Puwa is a cherished member of Slipshod Theatre. Primarily because throughout the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he was the only 6ft 6″ Zimbabwean with blond hair on the Royal Mile – which certainly gave us some extra business. Besides his height, he is also a very talented director and performer. He directed both Slipshod’s first and second shows.

He has taken on a role in marketing and PR, as he undertakes a degree at the University of Westminster, and in 2018 will lead the promotional strategy for ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’.

Puwa also likes Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Travis Scott and (controversially) pretending to be Robert Mugabe.

Roles

  • Co-Artistic Director (2016-17)
  • Performer (2016-)

In-Company Credits

  • Co-Director, ‘The Babushka’ (2016), Varley Theatre Winchester.
  • Co-Director & Performer, ‘The Girl Who Loved Stalin’ (2017), Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Executive Producer, ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’ (2018).

Out of Company Work

  • Performer with Discarded Nut Theatre Company.
  • Performer in ‘The Director’ Short film as part of the official selection of the Winchester Short Film Festival 2017.

Contact

Primary: puwa@slipshodtheatre.co.uk
Secondary: company@slipshodtheatre.co.uk

Photography by Jasper Cresdee-Hyde – https://jasperch.com/

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Charlie Hall /charlie-hall/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:27:52 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=309 Continue reading "Charlie Hall"

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Description

Charlie is the newest performer to join Slipshod Theatre. He has worked with several company members on projects before and has performed in professional contexts at the Theatre Royal Winchester. His laugh is also remarkably infectious, and he enjoys visiting Norwich very much – as he has remarked several times.

Roles

  • Performer (2017-)

In-Company Credits

  • Performer in ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’ (2018).

Out of Company Work

  • Performer in ‘West Side Story’, Theatre Royal Winchester.

Contact

Primary: charlie@slipshodtheatre.co.uk
Secondary: company@slipshodtheatre.co.uk

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Ali Cornforth /ali-cornforth/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:27:25 +0000 https://slipshodtheatre.co.uk/?p=307 Continue reading "Ali Cornforth"

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Ali (far right, in blue) performing in ‘The Babushka’ (2016)

Description

Ali appeared in Slipshod Theatre’s very first production of ‘The Babushka’, playing a Russian train conductor. Outside of that role, she enjoys and has performed in many musicals at the Theatre Royal Winchester. Ali’s laugh is equally as infectious as Charlie’s, making them a very deadly duo. She also enjoys High School Musical, Zac Efron, Zac Efron and Zac Efron.

Roles

  • Performer (2016-)

In-Company Credits

  • Performer as The Conductor in ‘The Babushka’ (2016), Varley Theatre Winchester.
  • Performer in ‘Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?’ (2018).

Out of Company Work

  • Performer in ‘Oklahoma’, Theatre Royal Winchester.
  • Performer in ‘Grease’, Theatre Royal Winchester.
  • Performer in ‘Fiddler On The Roof’, Theatre Royal Winchester.

Contact

Primary: ali@slipshodtheatre.co.uk
Secondary: company@slipshodtheatre.co.uk

Quotes About Ali’s Work

“Ali Cornforth impressed as Aunt Eller.”
– Daily Echo Southampton, for ‘Oklahoma’

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